Wednesday, October 31, 2007

and the best way to get a scapegoat system to work?

start em out early.

20 comments:

jscorbin said...

That's sad. I propose calling Child Protective Services.

journeyingrick said...

i'd love to. unfortunately, violence to the mind and heart aren't prohibited by cps or any other laws. in fact we christians (i say "we" even though i don't consider myself part of that tribe) and we americans have a long "history of violence" toward the heart and mind. and these people's justification for what they do? it's god's will.
the shadow within me says, Ooooh i can't wait for them to walk into heaven and find that there are all sorts of people there who were on their shit list. but that's snotty. my beauty and god's-child-ness says, I honestly pray that in this life or the next, they find healing for their own woundedness.
and the jesus within me says, Yeah, i pray for their healing too. but any way i can fight that kind of sick system, i will do it. put me in, coach.

nonprofitprophet said...

It is sad how our children are bombarded or indoctrinated with all types of propaganda from various sources. The battlefield for the hearts and minds of the people now includes the most innocent among us. Jesus said you have to be like one of these little ones... it has to break his heart and make him angry. ~npp

journeyingrick said...

damn right it breaks his heart and pisses him off!!! so it's our job, as god's helpers, to say No.
course, they think THEY'RE god's helpers. but my guideline is jesus, and jesus only got really pissed off at religion and prejudice and cruelty, so ...

KJ said...

wow. that is so sad. it's even worse cuz' they're so cute.

journeyingrick said...

it just occurred to me, since it's halloween, that these are cute little kids dressed up by their parents in horrific costumes.

KJ said...

still...wrong, wrong, wrong.

journeyingrick said...

yep. completely wrong. as wrong as if someone were serious and earnest about the horrible costume they were making their children wear, and had a specific agenda about making it a reality in our culture.
and that's what they want.
wrong, wrong, wrong. and it pisses me OFF. but not enough to hate em - because god doesn't hate bigots; god loves em, and weeps.

nonprofitprophet said...

NPP - "So God, do you really love bigots?"
God - "No, not really, I just tolerate them. Sometimes I use the absurd to illustrate a point. Bigotry is one of the best absurdity's I could create. It makes the concept of loving one another much easier to understand if bigotry is the alternative."
NPP - "Well, that is a different approach I guess."
God - "Heck, I have a sense of humor you know. Where do you think you got it from?"
NPP - "Good point God."
God - "Any other questions?"
NPP - "Yes - why mosquitoes?"
God - "Why not? If we can have bigots, why not mosquitoes? Makes about as much sense..."

Twisted Christian said...

In a way, it reminds me of the two girls in that racist folk duo named Prussian Blue. Remember them? They're the ones who were interviewed on TV and were wearing the smiley-face Hitler t-shirts a while back. One day they'll grow up and have to deal with what people brought them up to believe. We all do to some degree, but this is going to be especially hard assuming they ever wake up from the intolerant crap their adults foisted on them.

Anyway, here's a little good news on the subject of this hateful "church": Church ordered to pay $10.9 million for funeral protest

Anonymous said...

Right. The shirts are just as horrific if they say "God Hates Bigots," because it's the "hate" part that hurts. Imagine the surprise when the little girls become teenagers and their shirts say "God Hates Parents"!!

journeyingrick said...

YOU STUD!!!
no doubt, no DOUBT! god weeps and laughs at the same time, i think.

yeah, why mosquitoes! i hate them! they love me!

journeyingrick said...

TC - no, i don't know about that particular folk duo. a racist folk duo ... that's certainly unique.

yeah ... "assuming they ever wake up from the intolerant crap their adults foisted on them" is huge. i suspect that god flows through everything hoping the same thing, for every human being ...

journeyingrick said...

anonymous - absolutely. the "hate" part is THE problem.
take the hate away and there's room for compassion, and god is compassion and courage and beauty and healing and love. god can't hate. at least, not the god i know ...

nonprofitprophet said...

hey - i remember those girls from a TV special like John Stossel or someone. Just plain crazy. You know we aren't born with this hate - its a learned thing. Makes you sick.
and mosquitoes love me too. its a curse.

journeyingrick said...

IT'S CUZ YOU'RE SOOOOOOOO SWEET!

yep. hate is learned.
fear is natural - everybody's got that - and for good reason - it keeps us from hurting ourselves ... but the systems that objectify other people as our means to self-protection? that's what has been created over and over and over throughout human history and jesus didn't do that and i'm convinced it's possible to live that way and i'm determined to figure it out.
YOW!

KJ said...

how's this for a contrast:

"Little Girl and Psalm 23":

http://www.godtube.com/view_video?viewkey=9e7c4b40cf5a13cea6ca

Oh.
My.
Goodness.

This is beautiful.

journeyingrick said...

A VASTLY BETTER WAY TO GET KIDS TO SEE SOMETHING THAT MATTERS ...

Anonymous said...

"You tell me God cannot hate because God is love, I tell you God must hate because God is love. You see; I love children therefore I hate abortion. God is a Holy God, and that which is holy must hate that which is unholy." - Paul Washer

journeyingrick said...

anonymous -
i don't share your views on abortion. but larger than that for me is your sense that god hates. i don't believe paul washer is correct, even though i do know that there is biblical justification for seeing god as "hating" what is not holy.
what i believe is that god loves - and that what god is all about is reconciliation, healing and wholeness. if god "hates" anything, it's what prohibits those things. that's what jesus fought against. jesus was furious with religiosity and oppression of the poor and disenfranchised. that's the greatest evil for jesus. so, that's what i'm most concerned about fighting against.